Limited Federal Funds for Stem Cell Work Using Donated Embryos
Friday, April 17, 2009; 12:51 PM
The Obama administration today is announcing guidelines for government-sponsored embryonic stem cell research but the draft regulations would limit federal funding of work on human embryos donated at fertility clinics.
The guidelines being issued by the National Institutes of Health open the door for a vast expansion of the research, but stop short of allowing scientists to create human embryos for research purposes or pursuing cloning techniques.
Administration officials took the more conservative approach largely for political reasons, rather than any particular scientific concern.